Mars and Comet Siding Spring – Chance of a lifetime

NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA/JPL-Caltech

On October 19th a once in a lifetime event will happen.  Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) will pass very close to Mars, one tenth the distance of the closest Earth-comet pass.  While there is no chance of impact, NASA has moved some of its Mars orbiting satellite to be behind the planet is it passes through the comet’s dust tail in order to protect the equipment.

At predicted magnitude 11, it will be limited to large telescopes with camera or CCD.  But its close proximity to Mars will make it an easy target to locate.  Unfortunately for North America, the closest approach will take place 2:28pm EDT.

Luckily NASA has setup as dedicate web site leading up to and after the even publish information and photos.  The SLOOH telescope will also have a live webcast.

Total Lunar Eclipse – Only a few hours

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Only a few hours left before the start of the Total Lunar Eclipse of October 2014.  Unfortunately the weather won’t be cooperating as the forecast calls for cloud and rain in my parts of the woods.  But no worries, the SLOOH telescope will be broadcasting the event live!  Event starts October 8th 5:00AM EDT .

live.slooh.com

Stargazers worldwide are invited to watch the spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse, sometimes known as the “Blood Moon,” unfold live on Slooh. The free, real-time broadcast will begin on October 8th starting at 2:00 AM PDT / 5:00 AM EDT / 0900 UTC with live feeds from multiple locations located in Australia and North America. This eclipse will be difficult to view for most of the planet as it mainly takes place over the Pacific Ocean. As such, the eclipse will only be visible in its entirety from parts of eastern Australia, New Zealand, eastern Asia, most of Japan, Hawaiian Islands, and the western part of North America. But fear not – Slooh will have strategic sites in these locations allowing the world to view the eclipse live on Slooh.com

 

Another webcast is available over at the Coca Cola Space Science Center.